Warning: Plastic Bins Ruin Clothing

Just a heads-up from your friendly consumer advocate: Don’t store your seasonal clothes in those plastic bins you can buy from discount stores like Target or Wal-Mart. They actually shrink your clothes. I don’t know how they do it exactly, but I think a build-up of gases produced by the clothing fibers permeates the fabric and tightens the weave. Very scientific.

I forgot about this little-known fact until I was reminded when I got out the plastic bins of my summer clothes this morning. I had to put nearly half in the donation pile. They fit fine last summer, but I can’t even snap some of the pants, and the shirts don’t button properly without gapping. I will have to speak to my two good friends, whom I’ve been spending a lot of time with lately, and see if they have a better explanation of how this happens. Yes, Ben and Jerry might have a clue. image

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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23 Responses to Warning: Plastic Bins Ruin Clothing

  1. judithhb says:

    Hello Susan. I was looking through some old posts and realised I had seen nothing from you for a long time. I missed this post because I was in rehab following my accident. Are you done with blogging or will we read more about you soon. Jxx

    • Coming East says:

      So good to hear from you, Judith! I didn’t know you had an accident. Or did I know and forgot? I haven’t been blogging in a few years now. Miss it, but I’m busy with other things. And my brain just isn’t as sharp as it was when I was writing these blog posts. Or maybe I’m not as sharp because I’m not writing more blog posts! Ha!

  2. Dawn says:

    THAT explains it!! Thanks, Susan. 🙂 You might have inspired me to get back to my blog. If I could just find a plastic bin that could expand time!

  3. vision791 says:

    Oh my gosh! I usually place them in the plastic bins when they are too small and I foolishly think I will take them out when I loose those extra pounds. Geez, now what do I do? Since they will shrink more?

  4. It couldn’t possibly be due to Ben & Jerry! They are wonderful guys, always there to lend a spoonful of happiness to our souls.
    Welcome back!

  5. Patti Ross says:

    So wise! Science is sneaky and causes problems all the time. ; )

  6. dorannrule says:

    Oh, I am so glad to see you again!!!! And you have started out with a winner. Sooo funny. I actually took you seriously for a minute. 🙂

  7. Margie says:

    Nice to see you back!
    I’ve had the same problem with my clothes, but they were on hangers in the closet all winter. Perhaps the plastic in bins and clothes hangers causes the shrinkage?!

  8. I have missed your wonderful sense of humor Susan! You know, we have that same issue in Maine despite the cold temps ~ so obviously those gasses are not generated by hot temperatures. Oh my, guess you’ll have to go shopping for new summer duds!

  9. Hahahahha! I knew there was a post lurking right in front of you! I didn’t think it would be so scientific though… Love this! Have missed your writing, it’s good to read your words. ❤

  10. CE!! Where have you been? I’ve missed your great sense of humor and this post reminds me why. Yep, those darn storage bins — I don’t understand the science either but I bet you’re right. Ben and Jerry do! 😉

  11. E.C. says:

    I wondered why my clothes shrink when they’re in storage or haven’t been worn for awhile.
    Too funny and too true.
    Welcome back, It’s good to see you posting again. 🙂

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